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[Reuters] Scientists see AIDS vaccine within reach after decades

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(Reuters) - At an ill-fated press conference in 1984, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler boldly predicted an effective AIDS vaccine would be available within just two years.

But a string of failed attempts - punctuated by a 2007 trial in which a Merck vaccine appeared to make people more vulnerable to infection, not less - cast a shadow over AIDS vaccine research that has taken years to dispel.

A 2009 clinical trial in Thailand was the first to show it was possible to prevent HIV infection in humans. Since then, discoveries have pointed to even more powerful vaccines using HIV-fighting antibodies. Now scientists believe a licensed vaccine is within reach.

I know that this isn't really the type of news to see on OCN, but I think it fit into the "Tech and Science News" section.

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Even if there was already a vaccine for HIV/AIDS, better safe than sorry. I am still going tostrap on the swimming cap biggrin.gif
Edited by Stealth2o - 7/15/12 at 8:49am
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Still going to strap on the swimming cap biggrin.gif

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Better yet, how about having a proper partner?.

Instead of cheap council estate pickups.
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Even if there was already a vaccine for HIV/AIDS, better safe than sorry. I am still going tostrap on the swimming cap biggrin.gif

Amen to that! Way better safe than sorry, and there're so many [currently incurable] diseases out there ^_^


This is great news about the vaccine. It's a really tough bug to make a vaccine for - also why our body has such a tough time fighting it - but the other great news is that we have some really effective drugs out against it, too. It mutates and becomes resistant to some of 'em, of course, but early diagnosis can really keep people from even progressing to AIDS (the really nasty phase of HIV infection), period.
Huzzah! Let's get this vaccine thoroughly tested, and then mass-produced and out to the people that need it.
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I suspect a baby Boomer part 2 within reach, government insider wont let it go through imo, this will start a huge mess with increase population and others "side effects"
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I suspect a baby Boomer part 2 within reach, government insider wont let it go through imo, this will start a huge mess with increase population and others "side effects"

And we've already perfected nuclear fusion, but a government insider won't let it go through because it will cause a huge mess with the energy market. rolleyes.gif

This is really great news, hopefully this will stop the disease, but damn the clinical trials will take forever.
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Better yet, how about having a proper partner?.

Instead of cheap council estate pickups.
Theres sometimes cases of infection through blood donations, its not always going to be a sexual transmission.
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Then came the shocker. Results of the study published in 2009 showed the vaccine combination cut HIV infections by 31.2 percent. According to Michael and many other experts, the result was not big enough to be considered effective, but its impact on researchers was huge, says Wayne Koff, chief scientific officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) based in New York.

It's great progress. I'd love to see a vaccine for AIDS within the decade, but I would temper my optimism at least a bit...HIV is very tricky. Still, any progress is a great sign.

I'm not well versed in this kind of thing, but I'd be interested in case study research targeting those people who, for whatever reason, have rendered themselves immune from the deleterious effects of the HIV virus.

Edit: actually, reading more closely, this seems to be what they're doing.
Edited by flamingoyster - 7/15/12 at 11:40am
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